NXIVM Sex Cult Leader Keith Raniere Sentenced to 120 Years in Prison in Brooklyn Court

Keith Raniere sentenced

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Keith Raniere is the leader of the NXIVM cult who was sentenced to 120 years in prison in a federal court in Brooklyn on October 27, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

In June 2019, Raniere was found guilty of sex trafficking of children, conspiracy and conspiracy to commit forced labor. Raniere founded the NXIVM cult in Albany, New York, in 1998. He was arrested in 2018 in Mexico in a villa close to the town of Puerto Vallarta. The NXIVM cult operated in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

At the time of his conviction, then-US Attorney Richard Donohue described Raniere as a “massive manipulator, a con man and the crime boss of a cult-like organization involving sex trafficking, child pornography, extortion-compelled abortions, branding, degradation and humiliation.” Raniere, 60, could have faced anywhere between 15 years and life in prison.

In addition to what is effectively a life sentence, U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis issued a fine of $1.75 million, the federal prosecutor’s office said. According to The Daily Beast, Garaufis called Rainiere’s crimes, “cruel, perverse, and extremely serious.” There is no parole in the federal prison system.

The New York Times quoted Raniere’s lawyers as writing in court filings that the cult leader “is not sorry for his conduct or his choices.” The lawyers went on to write that Raniere “intends to fight his case with all of his might, confident that he will one day be vindicated.” Raniere apologized ahead of his sentencing, The Daily Beast reports, telling the court, “I am deeply sorry and I see that where I am is caused by me I am deeply remorseful and repentant,” but adding he continues to believe he was wrongfully accused.

Battlestar Galactica Star Nicki Clyne Was Present in Court to Support Raniere

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GettyNicki Clyne arrives at Spike TV’s Scream 2009 held at the Greek Theatre on October 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

Among those in attendance at the sentencing hearing was Battlestar Galactica actor Nicki Clyne, Page Six reported. The newspaper reported that Clyne was there with a group of Raniere’s supporters who lined up to early on October 27 in order to gain access to the hearing.

Another prominent supporter that was present at the hearing was Marc Elliot, a man who says that Raniere’s teachings helped him to overcome Tourette’s syndrome. Elliot told Page Six, “I think Keith is a good man who has helped the lives of thousands and thousands of people and currently there is only one narrative in the media because another side has been completely silenced until only a couple of days ago.”

In Total, 56 People Wrote Letters to the Judge in Support of Raniere

NXIVM founder Keith Raniere faces possible life behind bars ahead of sentencing l GMAThe leader of the alleged “sex cult” and founder of the group, also known as Vanguard, was convicted last year of sex trafficking and extortion. READ MORE: https://gma.abc/3mt9lPq Subscribe to GMA's YouTube page: https://bit.ly/2Zq0dU5 Visit GMA's homepage: https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/ Follow GMA: TikTok: tiktok.com/@gma Facebook:facebook.com/GoodMorningAmerica Twitter: twitter.com/gma Instagram: instagram.com/goodmorningamerica/ Watch full episodes: abc.go.com/shows/good-morning-america hulu.tv/2YnifTH #GMA #NXIVM #KeithRaniere…2020-10-27T14:39:39Z

The New York Daily News earlier reported that 56 members of the NXIVM cult wrote letters pleading for leniency in Raniere’s sentencing.

On the day of sentencing, a former NXIVM spokesperson told the Daily News, “I believe today will be a grim day for Keith Raniere.”

Among the ten victims who spoke against Raniere during the sentencing hearing was India Oxenberg, the subject of the Starz documentary series on the cult, Seduced. One of those victims, named as Camila, who present in the court at Raniere’s sentencing said that she was a 15-year-old virgin when Raniere raped her.

Raniere Says ‘There Is a Horrible Injustice Here’

NXIVM Founder Keith Raniere Speaks Out From Prison Ahead Of Sentencing | NBC Nightly NewsKeith Raniere is days away from being sentenced on federal charges related to NXIVM, the group he founded that prosecutors call “cult-like.” Raniere spoke out from prison to Dateline and Frank Parlato, a former NXIVM spokesman who helped take him down. » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCNews NBC News…2020-10-24T00:00:11Z

In the days leading up to his sentencing, Raniere told NBC News in an interview, “I apologize for my participation in all of this — this pain and suffering. I’ve clearly participated. I’ve been the leader of the community. And it has come to this. Even if it is by oppression, I am absolutely sorry and pained. This is a horrible situation.”

Raniere also said, “This is a horrible tragedy with many, many people being hurt. There is a horrible injustice here. And whether you think I’m the devil or not, the justice process has to be examined.”

NXIVM Sex Cult Leader Keith Raniere Found Guilty On All Charges | NBC News NowKeith Raniere, sex cult co-founder of a sex cult known as NXIVM (pronounced "nexium") was found guilty of multiple charges including sex trafficking, conspiracy, racketeering, and possession of child pornography. NBC’s Tom Winter breaks down the details in the case. » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCNews NBC News Digital…2019-06-20T04:01:49Z

CNN reported that in April 2020, Raniere told a supporter in a phone call that the judge who oversaw his trial, US District Judge Nicholas Garaufis “needs to know he’s being watched.” On the same day that the October 2020 interview aired, Judge Garafuis denied Raniere’s request for a new trial.

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